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Today Mayor Emanuel hosted a breakfast to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). During the breakfast held at City Hall, the Mayor met with the ADA 25 Steering Committee representing the disability community, business, philanthropy and civic leaders to discuss critical disability initiatives going forward. The participants of the meeting engaged in discussions on the progress that has been made to date and what needs to be done over the next 25 years.
“The American with Disabilities Act was one of the great civil rights victories of our time. Now 25 years later, it has stood the test of time,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “As Mayor, I remain committed to working to ensure that all Chicagoans are treated with dignity, respect, and have equal access to opportunity.”
Twenty-five years ago on July 26, 1990, the ADA was signed into law, with the purpose of providing a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Since its inception, Chicago has been a long-term leader in disability rights with a robust community of actively engaged disability advocacy leaders and groups.
In response to the passage of the ADA, the City created the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD), to ensure accessibility compliance, promote inclusion and meet the diverse needs of Chicagoans with disabilities.
Since 2011, the City of Chicago is proud to have installed over 80,000 ADA compliant curb ramps; provided disability accessibility at close to 70 percent of CTA stations; and including the needs of people with disabilities into all city emergency plans.
The city plans to strengthen its accessibility code and increase accessibility and opportunity in the areas of transportation, cultural institutions, education and employment: